harmolodics


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harmolodics

(ˌhɑːməˈlɒdɪks)
n
(Jazz) (functioning as singular) jazz the technique of each musician in a group simultaneously improvising around the melodic and rhythmic patterns in a tune, rather than one musician improvising on its underlying harmonic pattern while the others play an accompaniment
[C20: of unknown origin]
ˌharmoˈlodic adj
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